We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Ireland:

Conor Kostick, author and historian, President of the jury

Nessa O'Mahony, author and ICLA board member

Ronan Colgan, managing director of Wordwell Ltd, publisher of Books Ireland

Sorcha de Brún, author, professor of modern Irish prose fiction, Irish language film, drama and poetry



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Conor Kostick

Conor Kostick is an award winning author and historian based in Dublin, Ireland. As the author of sixteen books, he has twice been the chairperson of the Irish Writers Union.

Nessa O'Mahony

Nessa O'Mahony is a novelist and poet from Dublin. She has published four volumes of poems and a crime novel. A fifth volume of poetry has been published by Salmon in May 2019. 

Ronan Colgan

Ronan Colgan is managing director of the Wordwell Publishing Group, publisher of Books Ireland, Wordwell Books and former president of Publishing Ireland, the Irish Publishers’ Association. 

Sorcha de Brún

Dr. Sorcha de Brún is a lecturer at the University of Limerick, where she teaches modern Irish prose, Irish-language film, drama and poetry. She has published essays, poems, stories and reviews and is currently working on a monograph about masculinities in contemporary Irish-language writing. She is an award-winning writer: having received the Foras na Gaeilge 1st prize at Listowel Writer's Week, the Máirtín Ó Cadhain Short Story award and several Oireachtas na Gaeilge prizes. Some of her poems and children short stories are on the Séideán Sí Primary School Curriculum for Gaeltacht and all-Irish schools.